Positive Life Pathways for Vulnerable Adolescents

Current project

The role of a life managements program approach

Young people in contact with the criminal justice system who have problematic use of drugs and alcohol often lack opportunities for social and economic participation in society and many continue offending into adulthood. This project examines outcomes for young people who have participated in the Program for Adolescent Life Management (PALM) operated by The Ted Noffs Foundation, compared with similar young people who have not completed such a program who are in early contact with the criminal justice system and have drug and alcohol issues and the role of such programs in different outcomes and pathways. Specific aims are to examine and analyse the short and long term outcomes and pathways of young people who participate in PALM compared with similar young people who have not completed such a program by using a range of methods including data linkage to health and criminal justice datasets, a longitudinal cohort survey and in-depth qualitative interviews.

Funding Agency:    

Australian Research Council - Linkage Program, Ted Noffs Foundation

Non-Staff Involved:    

UNSW Medicine: Sally Nathan (Lead Investigator), Andrew Hayen, Patrick Rawstorne, Megan Williams, Mark Ferry

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Publications

Examining the pathways for young people with drug and alcohol dependence: A mixed-method design to examine the role of a treatment program. (BMJ Open, under review).

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